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Tiger Mask (IV)

Tiger Mask (IV)

Nationality :Japanese
Date Of Birth :October 20, 1970
Height :1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight :85 kg (187 lb)

Tiger Mask (IV): A Brief Biography

The fourth person to portray Tiger Mask (also known as Taig Masuku), Yoshihiro Yamazaki born October 20, 1970, is a Japanese professional wrestler. He is a former 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion currently employed by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). He is the longest-serving Tiger Mask iteration, having competed as the character since 1995.

Quick Facts

Birth nameYoshihiro Yamazaki
BornOctober 20, 1970 (age 52)
Urayasu, Chiba
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Tiger Mask
Billed height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Billed weight85 kg (187 lb)
Trained bySatoru Sayama
The Great Sasuke
DebutJuly 15, 1995

Tiger Mask (IV) Biography, Early Life

Yoshihiro Yamazaki born October 20, 1970, is a Japanese professional wrestler, best known for being the fourth man to portray Tiger Mask. He currently works for New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) where he is a former 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and 2-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion. Having competed as Tiger Mask since 1995, he is the longest-tenured incarnation of the character.

Tiger Mask (IV) Education

Tiger Mask (IV) has no detailed information about his educational background.

Tiger Mask (IV)’s Age, Height, And Weight

Tiger Mask (IV)’s age is 52 years old. He stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches and weighs around 85 Kg.

Career

Unlike the second and third Tiger Masks, Sayama himself has endorsed Yamazaki, who was first trained by the original Tiger Mask (Satoru Sayama) and The Great Sasuke. He also went to Mexico to practice his lucha libre.

Michinoku Pro Wrestling (1995–2001)

He replaced Koji Kanemoto as the fourth Tiger Mask and made his professional wrestling debut in 1995 for Michinoku Pro Wrestling (Michinoku Pro/MPW). Tiger Mask, his trainer The Great Sasuke, and Gran Hamada won the “APEX OF TRIANGLE” Six Man Tag Team Championship while Tiger Mask was employed by Michinoku Pro. Tiger Mask won the UWA World Middleweight Championship just over a year into his professional wrestling career. He held the title for three months before being forced to relinquish it due to an injury. Tiger Mask worked in mid-card and lower main event matches for a few years following his injury before being given another shot at a singles title after winning the competition to become the new British Commonwealth Jr. Heavyweight Champion in London, England. The “British Commonwealth” moniker belied the fact that Japan was where the majority of the promotion for the book took place. Prior to leaving Michinoku Pro, Tiger Mask was granted a second reign with the title in 2000 that would last exactly one year after he had earlier vacated it due to injury.

Yamazaki continued his Sayama training with fellow mixed martial artist Enson Inoue after leaving M-Pro. He was asked to compete in mixed martial arts while wearing a mask by the management of Pride Fighting Championships, but he declined after receiving a better offer to wrestle for New Japan Pro-Wrestling. The idea of forcing Guy Mezger to compete at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye in place of Yamazaki under the Mask was floated the same year, but he similarly refused.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2002–present)

On January 20, 2002, Tiger Mask made his NJPW debut. He initially competed as a Michinoku Pro star and not as a full-time employee. He formally joined NJPW in December 2002, and he quickly moved up the Junior Heavyweight contender ranks. Tiger Mask was scheduled to defeat the reigning champion Koji Kanemoto for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on April 23, 2003. In December 2003, Tiger Mask’s first IWGP reign came to an end when he was forced to relinquish the title due to an injury. Tiger Mask made a strong comeback and won the 2004 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, defeating Koji Kanemoto in the championship match and the then-IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Heat in the semifinals. Tiger Mask wouldn’t be able to duplicate his semi-final victory over Heat to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title until 2005. Tiger Mask was the first and only wrestler to win the competition two years in a row until Hiromu Takahashi shared the record in 2021. Tiger Mask also won the 2005 Best of the Super Juniors. Tiger Mask was defeated by Rocky Romero, the fourth iteration of the Black Tiger gimmick, for the championship in October 2005. On February 19, 2006, Tiger Mask triumphed over Black Tiger in a rematch, denying Black Tiger the opportunity to retain both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship, making Tiger Mask a double champion. Tiger Mask’s reign as the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion came to an end on May 3, 2006, at the hands of Koji Kanemoto, the man he first won the title from. Tiger Mask held the NWA World Junior Heavyweight title around his waist for more than a year before losing it to Mike Quackenbush at an NWA-sanctioned event in Portage, Indiana.

Tiger Mask was selected as an “ace” of Wrestle Land alongside Hiroshi Tanahashi when New Japan decided to create several “Brands,” but he ended up competing in two matches under the WRESTLE LAND Brand. Tiger Mask won the IWGP World Jr. Heavyweight title four times in July 2008 after defeating Prince Devitt in the competition’s championship match. Tiger Mask’s era was put to an end during the “Circuit 2008 New Japan Generation” tour by Low Ki. He successfully defended it on January 4, 2009, at NJPW’s annual Tokyo Dome event Wrestle Kingdom III, becoming just the third five-time IWGP World Junior Heavyweight champion in the title’s history. After Tiger Mask successfully defended his title against Jushin Thunder Liger, the IWGP awarded him a third-generation junior heavyweight championship belt. The fifth iteration of his antagonist from the storyline, Black Tiger, attacked him as he was receiving the belt. Tiger Mask was attacked once more by the fifth Black Tiger, who unmasked him after defeating and defeating the fourth Black Tiger (Rocky Romero) at Resolution ’09 in a title vs. mask match. At Dominion 6.20 on June 20, 2009, Tiger Mask triumphed over Black Tiger V in a mask vs. mask match. Later, Black Tiger took off his mask to reveal Tatsuhito Takaiwa, the first native, who had been hiding behind it. Tiger Mask was defeated by Mstico for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title on August 15, 2009, at the G1 Climax 2009 Tour. On November 8, 2009, at NJPW’s Destruction ’09 event, he successfully defended his title by defeating Mstico. Tiger Mask was defeated by Naomichi Marufuji for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2010, at Wrestle Kingdom IV in the Tokyo Dome. On May 8, 2010, Tiger Mask lost a rematch to Marufuji, and as he attacked the champion afterward, he started to exhibit signs of a heel turn. Tiger then competed in the 2010 Best of the Super Juniors tournament in an effort to claim his third BOSJ. On May 30, after losing his opening match to La Sombra, Tiger continued his cowardly behavior by refusing to shake hands with him. The next day it was revealed that Tiger had a neck injury and would be out for two months, making him unable to play in the remaining matches of the Best of the Super Juniors competition.

On August 14, 2010, he made a comeback in a six-man tag team match in which he, Ryusuke Taguchi, and Koji Kanemoto wrestled Pro Wrestling Noah representatives Atsushi Aoki, Ricky Marvin, and Taiji Ishimori to a time-limit draw after fifteen minutes. On August 22, Tiger and Kanemoto won the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship for Pro Wrestling Noah by defeating Marvin and Ishimori at a Pro Wrestling Noah event. On December 24, 2010, Atsushi Aoki and Naomichi Marufuji defeated them and won the championship. Tiger Mask defeated Tomohiro Ishii to win his third Lucha de Apuesta on January 23, 2011, when he put his mask on the line in a Mask vs. Hair match at Fantastica Mania 2011, an event co-promoted by New Japan and the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre in Tokyo. Ishii attacked Tiger Mask after the game and took off his mask. In a Mask vs. Mask match on February 20 at The New Beginning, Tiger Mask triumphed over Ishii, who had earlier donned a Black Tiger mask. Tiger Mask and Jushin Thunder Liger won the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship on June 16, 2012, at Dominion 6.16. They did so by defeating Taichi and Taka Michinoku. On July 22, Forever Hooligans (Alex Koslov and Rocky Romero) defeated the team for the championship. Tiger Mask defeated Steve Anthony to reclaim the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship on September 23, 2015, at Destruction in Okayama. On March 19, 2016, Anthony won back the championship. Together with Robbie Eagles of the Flying Tigers, Tiger Mask won the IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship on October 25, 2021. On February 19, 2022, Ryusuke Taguchi and Master Wato of Six or Nine (who won the championships) defeated the duo.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2007, 2008)

Through the collaboration between NJPW and TNA, Tiger Mask made a number of appearances for the American-based wrestling organization Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). On TNA Sacrifice 2007, he participated in a four-way match against Senshi, Jerry Lynn, and Alex Shelley. At the beginning of 2008, he also made a few appearances on TNA Impact!, the organization’s weekly show.

Tiger Mask (IV)’s Net Worth

Tiger Mask (IV)’s annual income, net worth, and salary haven’t been revealed yet.

Tiger Mask (IV) Wife or Girlfriend

Tiger Mask (IV) is presently single and has no romantic relationships. Aside from that, Tiger Mask (IV) hasn’t said anything about her current partnerships.

Tiger Mask (IV) Awards

  • All Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • World Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Michinoku Pro Wrestling
    • The apex of Triangle Six–Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with The Great Sasuke and Gran Hamada
    • British Commonwealth Jr. Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • Fukumen World League (2000, 2007)
    • Fukumen World Tag League (2000) – with Gran Hamada
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • New Japan Pro-Wrestling
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (6 times)
    • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Jushin Thunder Liger (1) and Robbie Eagles (1)
    • Best of the Super Juniors (2004, 2005)
    • Jr. Heavyweight MVP Award (2005)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI ranked him #21 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2005
    • PWI ranked him #431 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI Years in 2003
  • Pro Wrestling Noah
    • GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Tiger Mask III (1) and Jushin Thunder Liger (1)
    • NTV G+ Cup Junior Heavyweight Tag League (2013) – Jushin Thunder Liger
  • Universal Wrestling Association
    • UWA World Middleweight Championship (1 time)

FAQ

When was Tiger Mask (IV) born?

Tiger Mask (IV) was born on October 20, 1970.

What is Tiger Mask (IV)’s height and weight?

Tiger Mask (IV) plays on the Villarreal CF team as of today.

How old would Tiger Mask (IV) be today?

Tiger Mask (IV) is 52  years old today.

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